Holidays in East County 2012

Holidays in East County 2012

THREE REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING MCCAIN, JOIN DEMOCRATS TO KILL LATEST SENATE PLAN TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – John McCain, an 80-year-old war hero and former prisoner of war who recently underwent brain cancer surgery, has had more than his share of serious health conditions in his lifetime. 

Late last night, the Arizona maverick cast the deciding vote to kill the Senate’s latest and likely final effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act—standing up and giving a visual thumbs down to the so-called “skinny repeal” bill with no replacement plan. 

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DROPPING THE BALL: VIEJAS BEGINS 4-DAY NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION, NEW YORK-STYLE

 

View video of countdown and ball drop:  click here or scroll down.

December 30, 2012 (Alpine)--Thousands of people looking to get a jump on their New Year's Eve celebrations gathered at Viejas Casino Friday night.

Friday marked the start of a four-day New Year's Celebration at Viejas Casino. Each night, including New Year's Eve, New York City's Times Square is re-created at Viejas Casino, including a massive, 700-pound New Year's Ball that drops at midnight, with a countdown and fireworks to ring in the new year.

Each night, the party is free and features New York-style food, drink specials, free music and dancing to the local band Rising Star and DJs all night. And each night from now until December 31, at 9pm, a Porsche Boxster will be given away on the Viejas Casino floor.

COUNTDOWN TO 2013: EAST COUNTY GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

By Ariele Johannsen

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for the best parties and most fabulous feasts in East County and San Diego’s inland areas this New Year’s Eve?  East County Magazine has prepared our guide to the top local activities where you can ring in the New Year.  Local casinos are hosting parties with drawings for prizes ranging from cars to cash, and some offer free shuttle rides from convenient East County locations. Local chefs are pulling out all the stops with special menus.  There’s even an alcohol-free celebration for those who prefer not to imbibe, plus special transportation to help you reach destinations in more distant locales. Check the websites below for the latest details.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: NEW YEAR’S SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities.

Whether you're staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you're traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you're safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year!

 

 

SOBER RIDE HOME OPTIONS FOR SAFE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

December 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 774 people were killed in California last year due to alcohol-related crashes. Don't become a statistic or endanger others. Use the phone numbers below to arrange for a designated driver, or for a free towing service to your home.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be out in force this holiday weekend with extra patrols and DUI checkpoints across the county.  “Celebrate the festivities with your family, not the in the jail or hospital,” the Sheriff urges. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. You will be arrested. Remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.' We will be watching.”

UNDECKING THE HALLS? RECYCLE YOUR GARLANDS, WREATHS, WRAPPING AND HOLIDAY TREE

Also recycle glass bottles and beverage containers from holiday parties

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--EDCO has sent a reminder for customers to recycle this holiday season. Paper gift wrap, gift boxes, greeting cards, cardboard and glass, metal and plastic beverage containers can all be recycled in customers’ commingled recycling containers. Holiday trees, wreaths, garlands and cut flowers can also be recycled by placing these in the designated green waste cans after all lights and decorations have been removed. For more holiday information, visit www.edcodisposal.com.

NORAD TRACKS SANTA'S FLIGHT

 

December 24, 2012 (Colorado Springs)--For over 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its predecessor, Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight. You and your children can log on at www.noradsanta.com for live updates on Santa's trip around the world, including videos and Christmas activities for young and the young at heart.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. ad misprinted the phone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, kids reached to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check radar for indications of Santa's flight south from the North Pole. Children who called were given location updates, and a tradition was born.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE IN LEMON GROVE DEC. 24

December 21, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – The Lagoon, Lemon Grove Community Church is holding it Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. on the 24th.  Enjoy a string quartet, candles, Christmas carols and free hot cider and cinnamon rolls.  The church is located at 3122 Main Street in Lemon Grove.

NEWSMAKERS OFFER “SCOOPS” FOR OUR READERS AT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE HOLIDAY PARTY

December 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Congresswoman Susan Davis, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, and El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick were among the elected officials who joined in our “Feasting & Merrymaking” party over the weekend—and shared some  special news for our community.

Our guests also enjoyed live jazz by the amazing Chris Klich trio, fabulous food by chef Patrick Dean and the Grove Pastry Shop, wines from La Serenissima and San Pasqual wineries, plus an East County trivia game and prize drawings.

CHEERS! HAWK WATCH WINERY HOSTS HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 22

December 21, 2012 (Warner Springs) --Hawk Watch Winery, which has won international honors for its vintages, is hosting a free party open to all on Saturday, December 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Enjoy solo saxophonist Jason Weber while sampling homemade holiday desserts among the twinkling Christmas lights in the barrel room, where you can also sign up to savor some locally made wines.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: CHRISTMAS DAY SAFETY - IT'S HERE!

December 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Well Christmas is officially here! The last couple weeks we have focused on both outdoor and indoor holiday safety. Christmas day will arrive soon and there’s a few additional safety tips to be aware of!

We’re going to be cooking more over the next few days and on Christmas. Be careful wearing loose clothing around open flames on the stove. Use a timer and use “post it’s” to remind yourself of cooking times in the oven (were going to be distracted more this week than ever). Do not cool hot pans with water if grease is in the. Have a fire extinguisher near-by and know how to use it. A lid placed over a pan on fire will remove oxygen and put the fire out! Be careful using candles at the dinner table (especially if toddlers are present).

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: INDOOR HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

December 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Now that your outdoor decorations are placed, it’s time to focus on some indoor holiday safety tips.  Thousands of accidents and fires can be prevented each year if you take the time to practice safety measures says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

PARADE OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL REFLECTS CENTENNIAL HERITAGE IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

December 18, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Vintage cars festooned in lights rolled down Main Street in El Cajon last week for the city’s first Parade of Lights.  The celebration continued at Prescott Promenade Park, where members of the San Diego Costume Guild garbed in Victorian attire—as well as some attractive Santa’s helpers, mingled with the crowd, evoking images of Christmas past and present. 

ALPINE FIRE DEPARTMENT COLLECTING TOYS & GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 17, 2012 (Alpine)--The Alpine Fire District will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for our local families who have fallen on hard times. Throughout the years, your generous donations have brought great joy to many children. The toy barrel is inside the foyer at the fire station located at 1364 Tavern Road. Please stop by and fill the barrel so we can brighten the holidays for the children of our community.

JULIAN’S “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” BRINGS SCROOGE TO LIFE THIS WEEKEND

December 13, 2012 (Julian)--A Julian holiday tradition, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," will be performed this weekend at the Julian Town Hall at 2129 Main Street. Adapted by best-selling novelist Don Winslow and directed by Sandi Bennett, the show will take stage on Thursday Dec. 13, Friday Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. There will also be a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Come and enjoy the charm of Christmas in Julian, with spiced cider, apple pie, horse drawn carriages and strolling carolers. And maybe even a visit from St. Nick himself.

TEAM MEMBERS AND GUESTS FROM VIEJAS CASINO & OUTLETS DONATE OVER 7,000 TOYS TO LOCAL SALVATION ARMY

December 13, 2012  (San Diego)– As an air of excitement and anticipation hung over the 37th Annual Stoney & Rob’s Holiday Party and Fundraiser, the curtain was raised on the stage of the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino last week to reveal more than 7,000 toys that will go to needy families in the area. The exact number this year was 7,217—more than twice the 3,000 gifts raised last year by Team Members and guests at Viejas Casino and Outlets.

CHALDEAN LEADERS PRESENT 300 TOYS FOR NEEDY CHILDREN IN EL CAJON

December 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Two community leaders,  Hani Daymia, President of the Chaldean American Association, and Ben Kalasho today donated 300 toys for children in East County to brighten their holiday season.

The Chaldean American Association is a social club located in El Cajon. Chaldean Americans represent 38% of El Cajon’s population, a segment that continues to grow each year. Daymia is the current president of the Chaldean American Association and has been a leading advocate for community involvement and outreach.

HOLIDAY PARADE AT LA MESA'S VICTORIAN-STYLE CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE DECEMBER 14 AND 15

December 11 2012 (La Mesa)—In this centennial year, La Mesa’s annual Christmas in the Village celebration will also feature a holiday parade.  The parade will roll down La Mesa Boulevard at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 14 at 15. 

During the celebration, the entire downtown village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriages and bonfires, strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers.  Kids will also enjoy puppet shows, carnival and pony rides, and visits with Santa.

STONEY'S KIDS AND COTTONWOOD GOLF CLUB HOLD TOURNAMENT BENEFITING THE EAST COUNTY FOOD DRIVE DECEMBER 12

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2012 (El Cajon)--Where else can you have fun, and do great things for kids at the same time? Sign up for the December 12 golf tournament at Cottonwood Golf Club, and bring an unwrapped toy for East County Toy and Food Drive. For a fee of $49.00, the tournament includes:

SIXTH ANNUAL TREE OF HOPE CELEBRATION & CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa Brings Holiday Fun to Easter Seals & Local Children

December 13, 2012, (San Diego)--The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa hosted their 6th Annual Tree of Hope Celebration and Christmas Carnival for Easter Seals Southern California and San Diego County children and adults with disabilities on Saturday, December 8.The guests and their families were treated to an afternoon of visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, dancing with elves, crafts, cookie decorating and carnival games.  Guests also enjoyed seasonal treats such as hot chocolate, popcorn, hot pretzels, cookies and cider all compliments of the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.

 

East County residents Mary & Megan Alexander and members of  Lakeside Girl Scout Troop 6398 visited with some of Santa’s elves

JOIN US FOR FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING! EAST COUNTY'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY IS DECEMBER 16

VIP guests include Congresswoman Davis, Mayor Art Madrid and many more!

This year's festivities will take place on Sunday, December 16 from 2-6 p.m.

Savor delicious foods prepared by Chef Patrick Dean and Grove Pastry Shop, enjoy wine tasting by La Serenissima and San Pasqual Winery as well as live jazz music by Chris Klich of Grossmont College Music Dept.  Plus we'll have prizes and surprises!

A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: DEC. 11 AND 12

December 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Grossmont College’s Symphony  Orchestra and Master Chorale will present a Baroque Christmas Concert on December 11 and 12 in East County and San Diego. The performances will feature beloved music from the Baroque masters: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Biber and Charpentier, as well as violin solos by Michael Dvoskin and Luay Yousif.

On Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m., the program will be presented at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church, 1627 Jamacha Way in Rancho San Diego (the unincorporated portion of El Cajon).

BEATING THE HOLIDAY BLUES

By Nancy White

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,

I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.

December 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Elvis Presley aside, the holiday blues are nothing to sing about.  For many the holidays are not a time of cheer, but of dread, exhaustion and even depression.

What distinguishes the holiday blues from cases of severe depression are not the symptoms – they’re similar – but the duration.  For those who are vulnerable, the blues tend to arrive just before the holidays – in anticipation – and fade when the calendar turns. The symptoms generally are a lack of interest in usually pleasant activities, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, agitation, anxiety, feelings of guilt or difficulty in concentrating.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS SAFETY

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December4, 2012  (San Diego) -- Regrettably, far too many of us tumble from ladders and rooftops, receiving a numberless wounds, sprains, busted bones, head wounds and even death when trimming for the holidays. Last year, over150, 000 people were treated in emergency rooms just from ladder accidents, not to cite thousands more electrical and additional trimming misadventures. Neglecting to adopt the suitable safety safeguards when trimming your home this holiday season can rapidly take the Merry right out of your Christmas says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

HOLIDAY WATCH CRIME PREVENTION TIPS

By Paula H. Dickenson, Crime Prevention, Alpine Sheriff’s Station

December 4, 2012 (Alpine) – The Sheriff's Deputies from Alpine and East County Rural, wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!  It is a privilege to serve and inspiring to be part of a community that has a genuine concern for one another and especially for those who are less fortunate.  We take this opportunity to count our blessings, especially those that we serve.

BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECEMBER 15TH

December 3, 2012 (Alpine) – Christ the King Episcopal Church is hosting a gingerbread house decorating event on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1460 Midway Drive, Alpine. Tickets are sold per gingerbread house and are $20 each. More than one person can work on one house or each person can purchase their own. The gingerbread houses are pre-assembled and ready for decoration with extra icing and candy supplied.

9-FOOT MENORAH TO LIGHT UP EAST COUNTY ON DEC. 9 AT GROSSMONT CENTER AS PART OF WORLD'S LARGEST CHANUKAH OBSERVANCE

Chabad of East County To Light Up One of 10,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom

December 3, 2012 (La Mesa)--Chabad of East County will ignite a public 9-ft menorah erected at Grossmont Shopping Center, followed by a community-wide celebration on the second night of Chanukah, on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will feature Congresswoman Susan Davis and La Mesa Councilman Ernie Ewin. Prior to the menorah lighting ceremony, a ventriloquist will perform. Traditional holiday foods, music, dreidels and more will also be provided.

INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR IS DECEMBER 8

December 3, 2012 (San Diego) – IRC’s Microenterprise Program hosts its annual International Holiday Bazaar at the City Heights Farmers’ Market, 4326 Wightman Street, San Diego on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event features IRC-supported businesses with an array of arts and crafts from all over the world.

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